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32 minutes ago · squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix in Gynecologic Cancers

Hi @cesery, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I'd like to bring @sunshine61250 into this conversation. She has also had cervical cancer. The majority of cervical cancers are squamous cell carcinomas. I had this. Luckily it was caught very early and the entire cancer was removed with a simple cone biopsy.

You might be interested in the video Q&A with Beatriz Stamps, M.D., a gynecologist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.
– Video Q&A about Cervical Cancer 101 https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinar/facebook-live-cervical-cancer-101-with-dr-beatriz-stamps/

Cesery, were you recently diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix?

45 minutes ago · Understanding GFR and kidney disease: What's normal? in Kidney & Bladder

@bugsowen, as you like know, Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) tells how much kidney function you have. It may be estimated from your blood level of creatinine. Living with kidney disease means patients become profession GFR readers. I'd like to bring @kamama94 @gingerw @trishanna and @fiesty76 and @jolinda into this discussion to talk about GFR and interpreting lab results with you.

Bugs, How are you doing with adapting your diet?

1 hour ago · Diabetes and sugar levels: This is all new to me. in Diabetes/Endocrine System

@trellg132, you'll notice that I merged your 2 new discussions into one discussion. It sounds like this is all new to you. I'm sure you're concerned about the potential diagnosis of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a condition that can be managed. There is a lot to learn, but you can do it together with members like @dorisena @susu2 @jeannetta @loaks @retiredteacher and others. They'll all been where you are today and will gladly walk along side you as you learn and have questions.

You said that you have an appointment with your doctor tomorrow. That's great. So first things first, let's get you ready for that appointment. Are you making a list of questions to ask?

Here are 2 articles that can help you prepare your list. The first one has some in-depth information which will also help you understand why these questions should be asked.
– Questions For Your Doctor: Learning About Diabetes https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/about-diabetes/diabetes-basics/questions-for-your-doctor/
– Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Diabetes https://www.medicinenet.com/diabetes_questions_to_ask_your_doctor/views.htm

Trellg, what questions do you have on your list?

1 hour ago · Pancreatic Cancer Group: Introduce yourself and connect with others in Pancreatic Cancer

Hi @mscarano and welcome to the pancreatic cancer support group on Mayo Clinic Connect. I think you might also be interested in this discussion regarding stage 2 and treatment with Dr. Truty:
– Need advice: Stage 2 pancreatic cancer https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/need-advice-2/

In these discussions, members, like @dakotarunner @fassbinder @kjrita @mayojoe7 @marvinjsturing @lml @susan2018 are talking about getting the right amount of enzymes for digestion and loose bowels
– How are others with pancreatic cancers managing diarrhea? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/managing-diarrhea/
– Pancreatic enzyme replacement https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pancreatic-enzyme-replacement/

What advice do you doctors give you about managing enzymes?

3 hours ago · Depression and Anxiety at an older age in Depression & Anxiety

Hi @dmho, I add my welcome. I'm wondering if your father has multiple specialists or if he has one doctor who oversees and is aware of all his medications. For my mom and my aunt, we returned to their respective PCPs and reviewed all their medications to determine if all remained necessary. We also discussed how things were working, new symptoms and former symptoms that had disappeared as well as lifestyle changes they had made – activity level changes, diet and social changes. The result for both of them was an adjustment to their medications, doses and elimination or addition of medication and supporting vitamins and supplements.

We did this about 2 years ago, so the implications of COVID were not considered. Social and mental changes are much more acute these days and need to be considered.

Might it be possible for your mom and dad to arrange a consult with his doctor and you could join the consult by phone or video chat? More and more physicians are doing this even before COVID, but all the more now. Would your father be open to having you join a doctor visit by phone?

2 hours ago · Dreams in Sleep Health

@lorena1egas, I would certainly be interested in what you learn at your appointment with Sleep Medicine today. In particular, I'd like to understand the recommendation about the use of melatonin: Short term vs. long term. I'll also be interested if it is suggested that you take something different since melatonin seems to cause unpleasant sleep for you with vivid dreams and hallucinations. I found this article that helps to explain this:

– Does Melatonin Make You Have Weird, Vivid Dreams? https://www.healthline.com/health/sleep/melatonin-dreams

Lorena, will you report back what you learn from your sleep study?

6 hours ago · Severe spinal stenosis in Spine Health

Hi @baltopat86 and @fde11, you notice that I moved your messages to this existing discussion in the Spine Health group https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/spine-health/

I did this so you can meet other members talking about spinal stenosis like @collierga @jenniferhunter @wilcy @suerc @lilypaws and others. I encourage you to browse the discussion in the Spine Health group. You're not alone.

Baltopat, you ask an interesting question about spinal stenosis and losing the ability to maintain visual focus. Do you find that you also have difficulty with concentration or other cognitive abilities? Are you suspecting this is due to pain?

23 hours ago · My clonazepam story: More regulation seems to be coming in Addiction & Recovery

@sears I'm very sorry to hear about your sister. I can imagine that this is very stressful for you and your family. Did you know that there is a Lung Cancer support group here on Connect? See https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/lung-cancer/

You might be interested in this specific discussion:
– Small Cell Lung Cancer https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/small-cell-lung-cancer-1/

Members of the Lung Cancer group are fantastic and they are ready to offer support, answer questions and help you navigate this new territory.